FAQ on Commencement

After careful consideration, Georgetown University has decided that it will be necessary to postpone Commencement activities to a time in which we can safely convene as a community. We will be communicating updates as we determine how to proceed.

Applying For Graduation

  1. Login to MyAccess.
  2. From the main menu, select the Student tab
  3. Click on Student Records
  4. Click Apply to Graduate
  5. Select the appropriate program or degree
    Dual/joint degree students will have the option of which degree they will be applying for. If a student is applying for two degrees at once (i.e. MPP/MA-ECON) the student will have to apply for each degree separately. A student may not apply for both degrees at one time.
  6. Select the month in which you want to graduate
  7. Click Continue
  8. Identify whether or not you will be attending the commencement ceremony
  9. Click Continue
  10. Select the name you want to appear on your diploma
    If the name already listed is NOT the name you want to appear on your diploma, select “new” and enter your name as you want it to appear on your diploma. If your name has special characters (accent marks, etc.) please e-mail us.
  11. Click Continue
  12. Select the address to which you want your diploma mailed. If the address you want is not currently listed, select “New” and enter the appropriate information.
  13. Verify the information you have entered. If everything is correct, click “Submit Request” to complete the process.

Choose the May 31st date option. Your degree will still be conferred on the day of the Commencement Ceremony.

You must apply to graduate no later than February 1st if you wish to have your diploma available at the Commencement Ceremony and have your name and graduation information printed in the Commencement Book. This early deadline is necessitated by the production schedules of both the diplomas and Commencement Book.

After February 1st, you may still apply to graduate until May 1st. If you do so, you will still be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, but your diploma will not be available at commencement and your graduation information will not be in the Commencement Book.

If you don’t see the “Apply to Graduate” option on your MyAccess, please submit the following information to your program Director of Graduate Study (DGS) and Program Coordinator as soon as you can. Please note all the deadlines to apply to graduate applies to you as well.

Expected Graduation Date
Full Legal name
Mailing Address

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does not offer distinctions and honors to graduates.

Commencement Ceremony

Yes, participation for the May Commencement Ceremony is limited to those who have been awarded degrees between August and May of the current academic year. For example, participation in the 2020 May Commencement is for students who have been awarded degrees between August 2019 and May 2020.

If you would like to attend the Commencement Ceremony, please let your program Director of Graduate Study (DGS) and Program Coordinator as soon as you can.

Yes, you can walk in the May commencement and your name will be read. However, you will not receive a diploma at the Commencement Ceremony and you will not be listed in the commencement book. This is an option only open to Master’s students.

If you would like to walk, please let your program Director of Graduate Study (DGS) and Program Coordinator know as soon as you can.

No. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does not require tickets. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

We ask that you remind your family and guests that they MAY NOT approach the stage during any part of the ceremonies to take photos. The time for family photographs will be at the Biomedical Graduate Education reception at the Leavey Center Ballroom immediately after the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony.

A professional photographer from GradImages will be taking pictures during the Commencement Ceremony. These photos will be available for purchase and you will be contacted by mail after the ceremony by GradImages on how to view and to purchase photographs.

The rain site for the 2020 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony is McDonough Arena. All graduates are to report directly to the white tent in front of McDonough Arena at 7:30 am for the lineup in the event of a rain announcement. After the Commencement Ceremony, diplomas will be distributed at the BGE Commencement Reception.

In the event of inclement weather, the University will make an announcement at 6:00 am on the morning of commencement day on the Georgetown University Commencement page and students will be notified via email right away. Rain announcements will also be available through our University Weather line at (202) 687-SNOW.

The BGE Commencement Reception location will remain at the Leavey Center Grand Ballroom. Directions from the Commencement Ceremony at McDonough to BGE Reception at Leavey Center Grand Ballroom can be found here.


Diploma & Academic Regalia

To change your address to where your diploma will be sent to, please email gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu with your new address.

All graduates participating in Commencement are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia – gown, hood, cap, and tassel. Students showing up without regalia will not be allowed to participate in the Ceremony. Standard regalia will be available for purchase in the University Bookstore as well as over the phone (call Jostens at 1-800-548-5452 for more information) from now till the week of Commencement. The University Bookstore will only be opened Monday to Thursday, May 11th – 14th, from 9 am – 7 pm during the week of commencement.

The Bookstore will not be open early enough on Commencement Day, Friday, May 15, 2020, so please have your entire academic regalia purchased and on hand no later than Thursday, May 14, 2020. If you have any other questions about regalia, please see the Graduate School’s academic regalia webpage.